Bethany Clough

It’s not drones, but Amazon’s latest delivery method comes to Fresno

The Aeropostale at Fashion Fair in Fresno, pictured in this undated photo, will remain open. New owners bought the clothing chain out of bankruptcy and decided to keep more stores open than originally expected.
The Aeropostale at Fashion Fair in Fresno, pictured in this undated photo, will remain open. New owners bought the clothing chain out of bankruptcy and decided to keep more stores open than originally expected. bclough@fresnobee.com

Amazon’s plans for keeping holiday packages from being stolen off your doorstep have come to Fresno.

And it’s not the only national chain making a commitment to Fresno, with Aeropostale vowing to keep Valley stores open and Ariat opening in Fig Garden Village.

Amazon’s giant yellow lockers have popped up at three Vons stores in Fresno. Amazon customers can have packages delivered to these lockers instead of their homes.

Amazon was testing the lockers in bigger cities and has now rolled them out to much of the rest of the country (but unfortunately, not to anywhere else in the Valley other than Fresno).

People are using the lockers, whether they’re are worried about packages being stolen or know they won’t be home when something is delivered, says Rick Madrid, a store supervisor at the Kings Canyon Vons near Clovis Avenue.

Customers choose to have the packages delivered to the lockers when buying online. A code is either emailed or texted to customers. They punch in that code into the locker’s touch screen and one of the yellow lockers pops open.

The lockers can also handle returns.

In addition to the Kings Canyon Vons, stores at Cedar and Shepherd avenues and at Herndon and Fowler avenues also have the lockers.

And interestingly, the lockers have names. Nik, Colette and Zither are the three in Fresno.

Aeropostale

Aeropostale clothing stores in the Valley are staying open.

The troubled mall-based clothing store is bankrupt and had plans to close stores right and left, with the future of the Fresno-area stores uncertain.

But now the four Aeropostale stores in the Valley are on a list of stores that will stay open. Aeropostale Factory stores, which sell discounted items, at Fashion Fair, Tulare Outlet Center and Merced Mall will remain open. A regular Aeropostale at Visalia Mall will also stay open.

Seven other stores in California weren’t so lucky.

Oddly, the new owners who bought the chain out of bankruptcy discovered the stores were making more money than they expected. About 200 stores on the chopping block were given a reprieve and will stay open.

Ariat

A few weeks ago I told you about Ariat planning to open its first brick-and-mortar store in Fresno’s Fig Garden Village. The store opens at 10 a.m. Friday and celebrates it grand opening through Sunday .

During all three days customers will get scratch-off prizes that reveal discounts, free boots and more, plus a chance to win a $500 shopping spree.

Once customers get through the big red barn doors, they’ll find cowboy boots front and center in all sorts of designs and colors.

The store also carries lots of denim and other clothing.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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